February 17th, 2013 at 4:01 pm
According to this article from the Northwest Indiana Times, the number of arrests occurring on Super Bowl Sunday is steadily decreasing every year.
In the past, special patrols and checkpoints were set up, assuming there’d be more impaired drivers on the road after celebrating at a bar or party. However, many police forces in Chicago and Northwest Indiana only added a couple of patrols, checkpoints, or drive-bys. Some forces, such as those in Lansing or Lowell, did not plan on having any additional patrols out.
“It’s pretty quiet down here,” Lowell Police Chief John Shelhart stated. “People go to friends’ houses. There’s not a lot of bar traffic.”
Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said usually extra patrols will be designated if the sports team is local. He mentioned that when the Chicago Blackhawks were playing for the Stanley Cup, they expected a lot more people to be out and celebrating. Since the teams for this year’s Super Bowl weren’t local, he figured it would be a night similar to any other. He also said that since he’s been on the force, he doesn’t remember any special or unique incidents occurring specifically on Super Bowl Sunday.
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